Night diving is the BEST!
Everyone has some amount of anxiety during their first few night dives in the ocean. It’s best to be very comfortable on daytime dives first.
Night dives are INCREDIBLE! You see the most magnificent creatures and beautiful marine life; some things you would not see unless someone points them out to you.
1. Your night dives should be in shallow water 30-50′.
2. Navigation skills are required especially on a night dive with an emphasis on good buddy system practices.
3. Have good buoyancy control before attempting a night dive
4. Wear a full wet suit for warmth and protection.
5. Review light signals, such as: okay, yes, no, circling motions, etc. Be extra careful not to blind others with your light, you may not receive an invite for the next dive.
6. When diving from a boat, hang strobes in the water to help you spot your way back. If diving from the beach leave lights on the shore and do an occasional compass check with the current strength and direction in mind for your kick cycles.
7. Never swim on the surface at night. Jellyfish may be floating. Sharks may be feeding- And remember, we are NOT on their diet, but there is an ever so slight chance of an accident. As long as we are submerged, it’s never an issue. Swim from below the boat and climb up the ladder. You’ll be fine!
8. At some point during your night dive get your group together in a big circle on the sandy bottom. Turn off your lights or set them light side into the sand. Have everyone wave their arms in big circular motions; watch the bio-luminescence fly like underwater sparklers on the fourth of July! It’s beautiful!
A good dive master or instructor will explain in advance most things you are likely to encounter underwater and point them out to you.
One of the most exciting things about day and night diving is learning about all the marine life and corals, recognizing them and sharing with your friends to see.
You won’t believe what an exciting adventure it is until you try!
The water is perfect…let’s go diving!
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